Prince’s Trust and Fairbridge to merge


NCVYS members The Prince’s Trust and Fairbridge are uniting to offer more support to disadvantaged young people across the UK. They will merge on 1 April 2011 with a vision of delivering a more joined-up, wide-ranging service for an increased number of disadvantaged young people. The united organisation, which will be called The Prince’s Trust, will help around 50,000 young people over the course of the next year alone.

The Guardian’s Patrick Butler has suggested that “Fairbridge is an fascinating example of the largely undiscriminating nature of the cuts.” He points to the level of funding that Fairbridge gets from the state and the cuts to children’s services (and specifically youth services) that local authorities are making as a driver for the decision.

A blog from New Philanthropy Capital says that the merger shows that even the most effective charities are at risk. NPC has evaluated Fairbridge’s work, saying, “The long-term support that it provides is indeed more expensive than other approaches, but the evidence shows that this is exactly what vulnerable young people need to get back on track.”

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